All the benefits of a chain wallet and a carabiner: My new Tom Bihn wallet and key set up

I have a new wallet set up that I am very happy about. The problem I’ve had over the years with my wallet and keys is misplacing them. I’ve elieviated this, in part, by having a bowl near my door where they go whenever I get home. But there were still issues of them falling out of my pocket or forgetting to put them there. Are they in my pant pockets from yesterday?In my coat? Where are they?

I usually only want to carry two to three cards and some cash. I’ve used slim wallets, and they’re great, but they are often so thin I can easily walk about the door without it. For keys, I just throw them in my pocket but am always a little paranoid I will lose them. So I used a large carabiner that was uncomfortable, but I would notice if they weren’t there.

The best solution would be a chain wallet and hook the carabiner to my belt loop. Yeah, neither of those will work for me, stylistically or practically. It would be too much hardware.

I wrote down what I needed:

  • A slim wallet to hold a few cards and the occasional cash
  • A way for the wallet to never fall out of my pocket
  • A way to keep my keys on my body so I don’t loose them either
  • Something that is lightweight, not utilitarian, out of sight and simple to use.

I browsed several stores that sold slim wallets and unique key chains but nothing checked all the boxes. I dreamed of one system for both. So I went to the Tom Bihn website on a whim to see what they offered. This Seattle-based company makes really good bags and travel gear which lasts a lifetime. I’ve had my Smart Alec backpack for more than five years and have loved using it every single day. They had a few nice wallets, but nothing to the system that I wanted.

I searched the forums and found a few posts of what others did, and this one stuck out.

Instead of using it just for the wallet, I attached my keys to it as well.

So here’s the setup:

  • Handle Loop with an o-ring (the loop goes around my belt).
  • Pocket Pouch to hold cards and cash, connected to the Handle Loop o-ring
  • 16-inch key strap, with snap hooks on each end, connected to the handle loop on one end and my keys on the other end.

It’s thin, lightweight, and will always be on me. The longer strap for my keys makes using them simple no matter the situation.

I’ve been using a similar set up for about two weeks using other Tom Bihn gear I already had and this current configuration for about a month. I absolutely love it. I’ll update if I change it, but I don’t that’s going to happen. All this for $18, what more could you ask for?

King Crimson in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor was the fifth King Crimson concert I’ve attended this year, and it left me as excited as the first time that I saw them. It’s been amazing to see their songs progress even just from Washington DC a few weeks ago.

Level 5, Easy Money and 21st Century were standouts of the night. Level 5 felt like it has risen several levels since I last saw it, wow. There was a new dual guitar duet between Fripp and Jacko on 21st Century, with Levin joining in.

Mel Collins also had a special night, his parts had a particular flair. It seemed that his solo during LTIA 1 was 5 minutes long, stunning! It was great to hear LTIA II as well.

The sound in the auditorium wasn’t the best, the audience, at least where we were sitting was annoying, but leaving the show I was still in awe as I was after Minneapolis. Even after four performances, we had heard the songs like never before. Excited for Cleveland tonight; 1.5 miles from my parents house!

King Crimson in Washington DC: Timeless music in a city of drivel

Tony Levin was right: something changed about King Crimson in Mexico City earlier this year.

He wrote in his diary:

There is the feeling that this 5 show stand is an important chapter in the history of the band… It’s been, as I said, a memorable time here – we’ll see if it somehow influences the future of the band – I have the feeling it will.

There was something different about the band from when I saw them earlier in the year in Minneapolis and Chicago. It’s hard to describe. They felt more comfortable — like a new house or apartment that has been broken in after a few season.

But maybe it was just me. This was the fourth time I’ve seen them on tour this year, and maybe I’m finally starting to get this new eight-headed beast of King Crimson.

But probably, it was just me, as Fripp said when he announced before the tour on YouTube:

Unless you’ve seen this King Crimson live, you really don’t have the right to hold an opinion on it… Unless you’ve seen this band live three times, your opinion is not likely to be substantial.

So maybe seeing this incarnation for the third and fourth time this weekend, I can now fully understand what I’m saw on stage. I do feel a deeper understanding of what was at work, even if I can’t fully explain it (maybe that will be in posts to come). But I’m certain something has changed with the band as well… It’s a constant in everything.

But it’s for the better. Here are some personal highlights from the show:

  • Both performances were at Lisner Auditorium on campus of The George Washington University. There was a very different vibe than the pervious two shows: the University theatre was not tainted by many of less pleasurable aspects of live music, including security, extremely overpriced food and drinks, etc. It immediately felt like it was going to be an intimate show when we walked in and could see the no recording signs from the front door.
  • Fripp’s guitar solo at the end of Lizard both nights were amazing.
  • The three song melody of Radical Action was one of my highlights from the show. The songs are maturing and it’s great to hear in person.
  • The reworking of the first part of “Radical Action” was outstanding. I loved how they’ve changed the song and variated the speed of it. Meltdown is my favorite of the new music. And Level Five on Sunday was the best rendition of the song I’ve ever heard/
  • “Breathless” was a real treat — did not expect it.
  • As was “Discipline.”
  • The second night had some of the best versions of some songs I’ve heard. In addition to Level 5, the middle section of “The Letters” was exhilarating by Mel’s sax and everyone playing off of it. The first half of “21st Century Schizoid Man” sounded harder and faster than I’ve heard it with this lineup. It was like a runaway train.

The venue was just down the street from the White House, a source of discontent, ineptitude and idiocracy in our world today. And with all the surrounding drivel, it was especially poignant to walk by all of it and enjoy some timeless music that, if listened to, can potentially drown out the dull chatter and unlock a deeper understanding of who we are and the world we live in.


The line for the men's bathroom at a King Crimson show is no joke
The line for the men’s bathroom at a King Crimson show is no joke

Inconsistencies with Watch Face Display Time Ahead on the Apple Watch

Adding eight minutes to my Apple Watch…
The time on my watch face…
… and what I see on the now playing screen, and in other apps.

TL;DR: If you enable the Time Ahead settings on the Apple Watch, it doesn’t move ahead in the rest of the OS. Is this intentional or a bug on Apple’s part?

Whenever people drive with me and we’re going to a movie or a concert, they’re always get a little on edge. It has to do with the time. In my car, the clock is set 18 minutes fast. It’s a mental thing for me, seeing the time of likely when I will arrive helps get places on time and not rush.

Before the Apple Watch, my wrist watch was ahead eight minutes. This, too, helped me get where I needed to be.

But I never set it up on the Apple Watch because meeting notifications helped me get where I needed to be. But last week, I moved the time forward on my Apple Watch.

When I was driving to the airport and listening to a podcast, I glanced at my watch and saw the Now Playing screen (the default in WatchOS 4. I noticed the time in the upper right hand corner was not what I thought. I pressed the crown to go to my main Siri watch face, the time jumped ahead eight minutes.

So it seems that the Time Ahead settings only apply to the watch face, not where time is displayed on other parts of the watch. This makes sense — I don’t want to get notifications eight minutes early — but with the Now Playing screen a feature, it can get very confusing. I’ve looked at the time in this screen and thought it was eight minutes ahead.

I don’t know if this intentional on Apple’s part or a bug, but Time Ahead is getting turned off now. I’d like to use the feature but a watch with inconsistent time depending on what screen your in is no watch I want to use.

This week

This is something new I’m trying… a weekly post of the different things I’ve read and done. The above photo was from the War on Drugs concert I attended on Thursday night.

Quote of the week

The Information Age is being hacked from the ground up. The future will be a pretty interesting place but I’m interested if anyone will trust computers by the time we get there.

Gabe Weatherhead in MacDrifter: Wi-Fi Security Has Been Breached

What I read

Turn off your phone notifications. All of them. – Nathan Bransford

I like this idea a lot, but my concern with it and a lot of other articles I’ve read about cutting down and distractions is that what if everyone does it? How would we ever be able to call in another? I guess it all adds up and realize that email and messages to do that. I know I will add all of my bosses and people who are above me to my favorites list so I can get through do not disturb

Amateurs vs. Pros — CJ Chilvers

We should all love what we do. A fine balance as described here.

Inmates in Texas Pulled Together $54K of Their Own Money to Help Hurricane Victims

This truly amazing. We are all human.

Microsoft Outlook for Mac Undergoing Major Redesign – MacStories

I’d give it a try. Just as long as it doesn’t have that incredibly cluddered menu bar that so many Office applications have.

Apple Watch credited with helping detect lung blood clot that otherwise ‘would have been fatal’ | 9to5Mac

Reinstalled HeartWatch after reading this.

Take Craft Back: Craft Beer Community Wants to Buy AB InBev

Brewers Association Targets A-B InBev in New Media Offensive |

This is so awesome. As someone in Craft Beer, its great to see an active campaign like this.

Lying to my iPhone: Driving with “Do Not Disturb While Driving”

I have a confession to make: I’ve been lying to my iPhone.

I never thought I would be in situation, or that one could even exist. To be clear, I’m not spreading lies via my phone, I’m lying to the actual device itself.

What am I talking about? iOS 11’s new Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.

The setting turns on when you get into your car, triggered either by your movement or when it connects to your car’s Bluetooth. When I get an iMessage, it sends an automated response that I’ll get back when I reach my destination. If it’s important, they can reply “urgent” and the message will come through.

So how do I lie? When I’m stopped at a light or stuck in traffic and try to do something on my phone, the screen prompts me to confirm “I’m Not Driving.”

Yes, I know it can probably wait, and it’s likely not safe to use my phone even while I’m not moving. But I do it anyways out of years of habit and maybe an unhealthy urge to scratch the itch of “what’s happening right now?”

The setting is actually very amazing and has my favorite part of testing the iOS update. After installing the first Public Beta while on a road trip this summer to see some King Crimson concerts, it immediately changed how I drive.

It had a strange calming effect: no more was I interrupted by the countless notifications from my phone. I wasn’t wondering what the vibration was or if I was missing something vital. I knew that if the message was important, it was on who sent the message to push it through.

Over the summer, nothing was marked “urgent.” Mostly, friends ask me what app I’m using because they want to have it as well. I’m interested to see how many people adopt this with iOS 11’s release today. I hope the setting will save lives and prevent crashes.

It also made me realize how often I’ve used my phone while driving, even though I thought I was pretty good at keeping it down. But I would want to snap a picture of the sunrise, change music or enter am address for GPS directions. I’ve found having an Apple Watch helps, but there are things I’m still grabbing the phone for.

So I’ve lied dozens of times this summer to my phone, but have most likely even distracted hundreds of times less. It’s going to take time to break this habit, but Do Not Disturb While Driving is a great reminder to keep the phone down as it is blocking notifications.

I’m sorry, Siri, let’s leave those beta days of lies behind and move on to something official.